Palace won't push for anti-dynasty bill

By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2012 05:23 PM | Updated as of Oct 25 2012 07:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Palace is not lifting a finger in pushing the Senate to give priority to the Anti-Political Dynasty Bill.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said they will leave the legislation to the discretion of the Senate.

"We elected the legislature to discuss on the wisdom of these bills. So let them deliberate on it before we make any comment. Or lest we be accused of saying that we are dictating upon the legislature" said Lacierda.

Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III earlier said a bill seeking to end political dynasties will not be passed in the current Congress.

Pimentel, head of the Senate's committee on electoral reforms, said there are many roadblocks, including the present composition of Congress, where many lawmakers themselves belong to dynasties.

"It will not pass during this Congress," he told reporters on Friday. "But let us start the debates so that if we have to file a bill on political dynasties in the next Congress, we will file an improved one."

Pimentel added that most lawmakers will already focus on the upcoming elections, and cited the argument that people should be left to decide if they want members of political dynasties elected or not.

Pimentel hopes a new breed of young lawmakers, even if they come from dynasties, would help the bill move forward in the future.

"Nando'n ang idealism ng kabataan," he said. "They grew up in a different period of time from their parents'. Maybe they have a different way of thinking."

For his part, Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes said it will be difficult to enforce the anti-political dynasty provision of the 1987 Constitution unless an enabling law is passed. With a report from Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News